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Connections at Congresses!

“Make new friends, but keep the old” could be the saying for RENEW’s recent experiences at two high-profile Catholic conferences. The Mid-Atlantic Congress in Baltimore was all about new friendships—and the New Evangelization. Sr. Terry Rickard, OP, delivered the opening keynote address on Feb. 27 to more than 1,500 attendees on the theme “Evangelization Matters.” Pastoral leaders in attendance then flocked to the RENEW workshops led by Sr. Terry, Sr. Marie Cooper, SJC, and Manuel Hernandez, and many stopped by our booth to learn more about the pastoral resources we offer to help parishes become evangelizing faith communities.

Sr. Terry delivered the opening keynote, "Evangelization Matters," at the recent Mid-Atlantic Congress.
The Leadership Roundtable's Peter Denio connected with RENEW's Deirdre Malacrea at the RENEW Booth

The LA Religious Education Congress held last month in Anaheim offered wonderful opportunities to reconnect with friends from our earliest days who are now working on the West Coast. Mark Buckles recalled that his participation in RENEW in the Diocese of Orange in the mid-1980s was one of the most formative experiences of his faith journey. Couples involved with Why Catholic? in the Archdiocese of the Military said they still meet in faith-sharing groups. Former staff member Alma Garcia came by for a
mini-reunion.

RENEW's Sr. Maureen Colleary and Mary Beth Oria with Mark Buckles, who participated in the original
RENEW process.
Alma Garcia reunited with her former RENEW teammates, Sr. Maureen Colleary, Mary Beth Oria, and Fr. Alejandro López-Cardinale

Do you have a memory of RENEW and of your small community that you would like to share? Please let us know at renew@renewintl.org.

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